Learn about Perennial Groundcover at Summer Field Days

July 1, 2024, 1:11 pm | Melissa McEnany

AMES, Iowa – Cover crops help prevent nitrate loss and protect soil from erosion, but they also add another step to plant in the fall. What if farmers could have a cover crop that they only had to plant once?

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will examine this topic during three upcoming field days across the state in July and August.

Registration for all events begin at 11:30 a.m. with the program beginning at 12:30 p.m. Perennial ground cover.

  • Wednesday, July 24, Corning, Iowa
  • Wednesday, Aug. 7, Nashua, Iowa
  • Wednesday, Aug. 14, Boone, Iowa

Participants will learn about recent research on the use of perennial groundcover on farmland. The event is part of a program called “Regenerating America’s Working Landscapes to Enhance Nature Resources and Public Goods through Perennial Groundcover,” also known as Regen PGC. Regen PGC researchers are looking at ways to make year-round groundcover on cropland commonplace.

Daniel Andersen, an associate professor for Iowa State University in agricultural and biosystems engineering, encourages people to "come learn about the potential of perennial cover crops and the environmental challenges of this new approach.”

Field day attendees will have the opportunity to learn about using perennials as groundcover within corn and soybean systems, view plots of perennial ground cover, hear system management and chemical suppression tips and learn about economic opportunities perennial groundcover offers.

The field days are free and open to the public, but preregistration is required to ensure adequate space and food.

Additional information about the RegenPGC project can be found on the RegenPGC website.

Shareable photo: Perennial ground cover.

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